West Indies Made New Move Just Ahead Of ODI World Cup, Former Veteran Captain Joined As New Coaching Staff

In an exciting development for West Indies cricket, former captain Carl Hooper and Floyd Reifer have been appointed assistants to the team’s new head coach, Daren Sammy. Additionally, former New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin has joined the coaching staff as an assistant coach.

This decision comes ahead of the three-match ODI series in West Indies and the upcoming ODI World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe. Including these experienced individuals is expected to bring a fresh perspective and valuable expertise to the team as they strive for success on the international stage.

With an illustrious playing career that includes 102 Tests and 227 ODIs, Carl Hooper brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his coaching role. Having worked in coaching capacities in both the Caribbean and Australia, Hooper has honed his skills at various levels. Notably, he served as the assistant coach of the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League and has been associated with teams such as the Antigua Hawksbills and Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League.

Floyd Reifer, who represented West Indies in six Tests, eight ODIs, and one T20I, brings his coaching experience and understanding of the game to the team. He previously served as the head coach of the West Indies team during the 2019 World Cup. Reifer has held coaching roles with the West Indies A and the senior men’s teams, showcasing his dedication to developing the next generation of players. His contributions extend beyond the national team level, as he has also worked as the head coach of the men’s U-19 team and the Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL.

James Franklin, a former all-rounder for New Zealand, brings his versatility and extensive playing experience to his new coaching role with West Indies. With 31 Tests, 110 ODIs, and 38 T20Is under his belt, Franklin’s understanding of the game and his tactical insight will be valuable assets to the team. Before joining the West Indies coaching staff, Franklin served as the head coach of the English county side Durham. He has also worked as an assistant coach with the Birmingham Phoenix in the Men’s Hundred and as a fielding coach with MI Emirates in the ILT20.

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As the team gears up for the three-match ODI series and the World Cup qualifiers, the coaching trio’s expertise will be crucial in guiding the players towards their goals. Exciting times lie ahead for West Indies cricket as they embark on a new journey with a revamped coaching staff and renew determination.

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